Date: Thu, 9 May 1996 16:10:35 -0600 From: "Gregory J. Pulliam" Subject: out-of-pocket My father from Hannibal, Missouri tells me of a dispute he's involved in regarding the term out-of-pocket. He and my mother, who's from Omaha, NE, use the term to mean "not being where one is supposed to be," as in "I'm sorry we couldn't be there but we were out-of-pocket." A friend of his uses the term to mean "out-of money." My wife and I use the term to mean "unexpected and immediate cash" expenses. Does anybody have any dialect region inoformation about these terms, or other supporting or diverging uses? Greg Pulliam gpulliam[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago